re·​lieved | \ ri-ˈlēvd How to pronounce relieved (audio) \

Definition of relieved

: experiencing or showing relief especially from anxiety or pent-up emotions

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relievedly \ ri-​ˈlē-​vəd-​lē How to pronounce relievedly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of relieved in a Sentence

I was relieved to hear that you're feeling better. He was greeted at the door by his much relieved mother.

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That’s why many in the French establishment were relieved to hear Mr. Macron planned to pass on Davos this year. Stacy Meichtry, WSJ, "Macron’s Tumble Tells a Larger Story," 21 Jan. 2019 Abby joined #TeamKelly and everyone seemed relieved. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "‘The Voice’ Fans Are All Convinced This Contestant Looks Like Miranda Lambert," 16 Mar. 2019 Experts are relieved to see this long-overdue resource. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "So, You Want to Quit Vaping...," 1 Feb. 2019 People are relieved to see the truth of our own reality on film and on television. Daniel D'addario, Time, "Sharon Stone on the #MeToo Movement: ‘It’s Up to Men to Teach Other Men What to Do'," 18 Jan. 2018 In a flip of the spring investor call, Musk sounded relieved while talking to analysts after announcing the company’s second-quarter results in August. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Tesla," 29 Dec. 2018 The Fitzgerald’s captain, executive officer, and command master chief were all relieved of duty after the collision, as was the commander of Destroyer Squadron 15 and Task Force 70. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Secret Probe Into USS Fitzgerald Disaster Revealed a Ship in Appalling Shape," 14 Jan. 2019 Your friend could feel relieved and excited to move on with life. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "10 Tips for Supporting a Friend Who's Getting an Abortion," 7 Nov. 2018 The minister was relieved to find his boss had meant only to encourage Malaysian companies to follow in his footsteps. James Hookway, WSJ, "Welcome Back, Mr. Prime Minister, Sorry About the View Out Your Window," 14 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of relieved

1850, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of relieved was in 1850

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English Language Learners Definition of relieved

: feeling relaxed and happy because something difficult or unpleasant has been stopped, avoided, or made easier : feeling relief

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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